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Shalom u'Vracha, Thanks for your interest in Sefer Iyunei Deah/Procedure for semicah by R. Z.N. Goldberg, shlita. Below is a standard response I prepared based on many people's questions. Not everything below may pertain to you, but hopefully your questions will be among those addressed. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in further ...


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The issue we have to ask is why is a psak (legal ruling) ever binding in the first place? Why can't you just ask the next person? There are two main possibilities (see Shach YD 242:31): שויה אנפשיה חתיכה דאיסורא The asker accepted upon themselves when they asked the first authority to follow their answer. Let's assume for now this principle works similar ...


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This question has already been discussed in the Hirhurim blog, in which R. Student argues that no matter how we understand contemporary semicha today, a rabbi's semicha can be revoked by the mentor who gave him semicha. As an example of this happening, R. Student cites R. Rakeffet's biography Bernard Revel, which describes how R. Revel [first president of ...


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These two semicha 'tracks' cover different areas of halakah: Yoreh Yoreh covers areas that deal with the day to day questions that rabbis might receive, such as questions on kashrut or taharat hamishpacha. Most programs of Yoreh Yoreh also include study of the laws of Shabbat and Mourning. It's traditionally associated with the second section of Tur/Shulchan ...


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Define "theoretically valid". They do leave someone with the book-knowledge we demand of rabbis, and therefore someone with online semichah should not feel like a charlatan if he expects people to call him "rabbi". For that matter, someone whom rabbis feel is knowledgeable in other ways and should be in a religious leadership role may be declared a "rav ...


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Rambam writes in Hilchot Sanhedrin 4:11 that he believes that semichah can be re-instituted if all the sages in Eretz Yisrael agree to bestow it on an individual. This was in fact attempted in the sixteenth century by Mahari Berab, who was appointed as a musmach by twenty-five Rabbis in Tzfat, and who then proceeded to give semichah to his own students, ...


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I am a personal Talmid Of Rav Goldberg Shlit"a. I have been attending his Shiurim for over 8 years and had the pleasure of driving him over a 4 year period. He has also attended all of my family simchas (e.g. bris, wedding). We are very close. I have semicha from him as well, yet never advertised it. Readers should be aware that his semicha means ...


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I live in the U.S. and have Semicha from R' Zalman Nechemia, so I feel qualified to share my experiences. I will preface that Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ullman was a tremendous help in providing information and assistance in terms of preparation and getting in to a meeting with the Rav. His Sefer on Basar v'Chalav and Hilchos Niddah, Iyunei De'ah, is built around R' ...


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It depends what you mean by semicha -- there is a basic level of "being a rabbi" that is summarized here: There is a new form of semicha which is circulating today, known as the "Rav Umanhig" semicha. This is essentially a semicha which does not necessarily vouch for the recipient's knowledge or competency in halacha, but rather, testifies that the ...


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Tosfos (Yevamos 45b D'h Mi Lo) gives two answers: "דבורה לא היתה דנה אלא מלמדת להן שידונו אי נמי על פי הדיבור שאני " Devorah didn't judge but taught others to judge Devorah was told to do so by Hashem Tosfos (Shevuos 29b) says " והיא שפטה את ישראל איכא למימר שהיתה מלמדת להם הדינים א"נ לפי שהיתה נביאה היו מקבלים אותה עליהם" She taught the judges how to ...


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Just knowing a lot of halacha does not make someone capable of being a posek. A posek is someone who is not just familiar with the Psak Halacha in the Shulchan Aruch or the Mishna Brerura, but it is someone who is familiar with the major commentators and the reasoning behind each halacha, and how it applies to new questions. Taking a test will NOT make you ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan died in 1908 (source, see footnote 9), and according to the article you brought, Rav Zevin was born somewhere between 1886-1888 (in fact, it was 1888). Therefore, he could have received Semicha from the Aruch Hashulchan when he was in his late teens or early 20s.


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It is important to understand that the Semicha of today is not "Traditional Semicha" which was only given in an unbroken chain from Moshe Rabbeinu down, from each teacher to their (worthy) students. That Semicha was lost long ago. (Although it is possible to bring back according to the Rambam, and was attempted by Rav Yaakov Beirav in 1538). What, then, is ...


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Before you mentioned the English requirement, I would have suggested the articles published here, and since they're good articles, I'm going to keep them as part of the answer anyway. Additionally, in Hebrew, there is the great book by Yisrael Yuval, חכמים בדורם... but since you're looking for books in English, I'm afraid the only one that I know of is "...


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My personal experience in the program gives me the following perspective: Overall, it's an incredible program which empowers the Talmid with tons of time to learn and grow in his Torah and leadership skills, under the guidance of Torah personalities of world renown. 1) Yes, but it's more fluid in many ways if you went through the system via college. Those ...


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If it is not possible to restart semicha like the Rambam says, as brought in the previous answer, we will need a musmach from the past. The Radvaz, in his commentary on the Rambam while stating his opposition to the semicha of the Marahi Beirav, says that Eliyahu Hanavi, who will come before Moshiach, can give semicha.


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As is mentioned in the comments, "You're conflating things that aren't the same." To be the spiritual leader of a congregation has no formal requirements besides being accepted by the congregation as being their spiritual leader. In order to issue psak (and have one's psak taken seriously) one needs to have some an in-depth knowledge of halachic concepts ...


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The Gemara in Bava Metziya 85a writes: איקלע רבי לאתריה דר' אלעזר בר' שמעון א"ל יש לו בן לאותו צדיק אמרו לו יש לו בן וכל זונה שנשכרת בשנים שוכרתו בשמנה אתייה אסמכיה ברבי ואשלמיה לר' שמעון בן איסי בן לקוניא אחות דאמיה כל יומא הוה אמר לקרייתי אנא איזיל אמר ליה חכים עבדו יתך וגולתא דדהבא פרסו עלך ורבי קרו לך ואת אמרת לקרייתי אנא איזיל אמר ליה מומי עזובה ...


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Yes, it is possible. He should be fluent in the following areas: the fundamentals of Judaism the essentials of Talmudic learning and ability to arrive at the conclusion of a sugya(section of Talmud) the following sections of the Shulchan Aruch: hilchot shabbat, yamim tovim and mo'adim, daily prayers and the synagogue, niddah, ketamim, tevila, brit mila, ...


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Amazing what you can see when you look. Irv Bromberg at the University of Toronto discusses an adjustment. Currently there are 13 months in 7 years out of every 19; the new formula would involve 130 leap years out of every 353. As he clarifies, witnesses only determined when exactly the new month would start; the Sanhedrin could decide whether to make it a ...


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In Sefer B'Mechitzas Rabbeinu pg.117 (by a close talmid of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky -- I asked Rav Nosson Kamenetsky if he is reliable and he answered in the affirmative), the author writes that Rav Yaakov made a condition with Yeshiva Torah V'Daas that he will not be required to sign the semichas since he believed that one should know all sources from the ...


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You can maintain such an academic schedule while learning in a semicha program (rabbinic ordination) at*: Yeshiva University; Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) Kollel L'Horaah Ohr Reuven Yeshiva Torah Vodaath Among others which I'll add as I recall


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You have to personally call him. It depends on his strengths and abilities etc. I heard that it's starting to be very hard to reach him at all nowadays, but doesn't hurt trying.


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I think that the source of this concept - a Semicha with a caveat - is in the Yerushalmi Chagiga Perek 1 Halacha 8 (Daf 7a Vilna edition). First it dsicusses that one can give a limited Semicha, then in the 2nd wide line: מהו למנות זקינים לימים? נישמעינה מן הדא: ר׳ חייה בר בא אתא לגבי רבי לעזר אמר ליה פייס לי לרבי יורן נשייא דיכתוב לי חדא איגרא דאיקר ...


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The official position of the Conservative movement can be found in Women and the Minyan by Rabbi David J. Fine. It was released in 2002 as an explanation of the 1983 decision by the Jewish Theological Seminary to ordain women as rabbis and cantors. The main question that caused debate in the period of 1973-1983 was whether a woman could be a sheliach tzibur,...


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Perhaps the reason you heard that rabbis began after the Second Temple, is that that is when the term 'rabbi' is introduced. For example, earlier Sages listed chronologically in Avot (1:2-12) are not called rabbi. These include: Shim'on HaTsadik, Antignos Ish Sokho, Yossi ben Yoezer, Yossi ben Yohanan, Yehoshua ben Perachya, Nittai HaArbeli, Yehuda ben ...


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You can check out Ohr Yisroel in Brooklyn. You can get Semicha and an MBA under one roof.


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The Ran actually writes explicitly that he used two of his students to give smicha to the other.


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I could learn every halacha in the book ... but I would still needs hands-on experience of someone showing me a hundred examples of real-live sheep -- "this one is yes, this one is no" ... much like is done with training on Nida kesamim. Otherwise all those words attempting to describe it aren't quite going to get it across. (Talk to anyone in the kosher ...


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A woman is permitted (as they are also required to eat Kosher therefore they can supervise on this). Someone who is not Shomer Shabbat cannot be (as you cannot trust them). The kashrut authority will have their own set of standards beyond this. This is quoted from London Beit Din: MASHGICHIM -WHO IS ELIGIBLE? What does KLBD look for in a mashgiach? “...


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